Official Statistics

Benefit cap: number of households capped to August 2015

Number of households capped from 15 April 2013 to August 2015.

Documents

Benefit cap quarterly statistics: GB households capped to August 2015

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Tables: Benefit cap quarterly statistics: GB households capped to August 2015

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This publication shows the number of households capped from 15 April 2013 to August 2015. The statistics cover:

  • cumulative number of households capped since the introduction of the benefit cap at GB, regional and local authority level
  • point-in-time number of households capped at each month since the introduction of the benefit cap
  • point-in-time number of households capped at August 2015 broken down by:
    • weekly amounts
    • benefits claimed
    • numbers of children in household
    • family type
    • age of youngest child
  • number of households that were previously capped but have moved off the cap broken down by reason

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The government introduced a cap on the total amount of benefit that working-age households can get so that, broadly, households on out-of-work benefits will no longer get more in welfare payments than the average weekly wage for working households.

The benefit cap applied from 15 April 2013 in the 4 local authorities of Bromley, Croydon, Enfield and Haringey. Remaining local authorities applied the cap between 15 July 2013 and the end of September 2013.

Published 5 November 2015